The Kobe University Summer Program in Japanese Language & Culture (Summer Program) is an intensive 9-day program for students studying Japanese at universities sharing academic partnerships with Kobe University. The 2024 session will be held in-class.

 This program focusses on engaging students' Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking skills through studying current issues in Japan, aiming to raise overall Japanese ability, as well as deepening understanding today's Japanese society. It particularly aims to strengthen the speaking ability of students at Upper Intermediate level. Through classes and interaction with Japanese people, we hope to provide an experience as close to studying in Japan as possible. We welcome all students to apply--especially those who planned to study abroad to Japan.

pamphlet Program Leaflet / Schedule (PDF) 

Summer Program in Japanese Language and Culture 2024 (Updated: March 28th, 2024)


July 2nd - 12th, 2024


About 20 students


● Students who are registered at an overseas university with which Kobe University has an academic exchange agreement

●Level: Upper Intermediate (JLPT N2 or CEFR B2 equivalent*)


Program Contents & Hours

1. Japanese language (30 hours)

a. Lectures: Students will learn about current issues in Japan such as education, society and culture from various learning materials.

b. Tutorials: Students will converse with Kobe University students to consolidate their understanding and apply language skills.

2. Area Studies (4 hours)

3. Final Presentation (2 hours)

Total 36 hours


30,000 JPY

(Kobe University Fund)

50,000 JPY
*Limited quotas
*Cannot be combined with other scholarships

How to apply
To apply, send a complete Application form to Kobe University Global Education Center (See "Enquiries" for contact).

Application Deadline

Sunday, April 21st, 2024

Application form(PDF)

Important Dates

Application deadline

April 21st, 2024

Acceptance announcement

May 17th, 2024

Program starts

July 2nd, 2024

Program ends

July 12th, 2024

Kobe University Global Education Center
Tel: +81-78-803-5262 Fax: +81-78-803-5289
E-mail: cie-summer{AT} ※Please change [AT] to @.

Video by Public Relations Division, Public Relations Department, Kobe University
Kobe University Summer Program 2017 ~10 Days in Kobe 2017/07/24

View Summer Program Schedule(PDF)